COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in many parts of the world. Along with other sports, cricket also suffered a lot in the past few months. Many series either had to be postponed or canceled. Indian Premier League (IPL) has also faced the wrath of the deadly virus.
The tournament was scheduled to start on March 29, 2020. However, it was postponed for an indefinite period. A few weeks ago, ICC announced that T20 World Cup will not happen this year in Australia as per schedule. Due to the pandemic situation, Cricket Australia (CA) voiced their concern. After assessing the situation CA said that it won’t be a wise step to organize an event like the World Cup at this point in Australia, a huge number of overseas cricketers will land on their soil. In COVID-19 world, this is a risky proposition altogether. ICC T20 World Cup was supposed to start in Australia from October 2020.
This gave a chance to BCCI to reschedule the much-awaited IPL 2020. The cash-rich league will kick off on September 19 in UAE. The tournament will go on till November in the Gulf country. COVID-19 has forced many cricket series to be rescheduled. As a result, IPL will clash with bilateral series of Australia and England (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is). This series will end on September 16. Then players of both teams will fly to UAE. On arrival, they have to spend the required quarantine period before taking to the field for their respective franchises. This means many teams of the IPL will initially miss some of their overseas cricketers.
Here’s the list of cricketers who might miss the first week of IPL 2020:
Chennai Super Kings: Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran (If picked)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton (If picked)
Mumbai Indians: None
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Mitchell Marsh
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson
Delhi Capitals: Jason Roy, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes (Already pulled out of IPL 2020)
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye, Tom Curran
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell